Stephani Maari Booker of Minneapolis, MN, writes prose and poetry for the page and for performance in which she wrestles with her multiple marginalized identities: African American, lesbian, lower-class, nerdy and sexy. She holds an MFA from Hamline University of St. Paul, MN and is a contributing editor for the African American newspaper Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (spokesman-recorder.com).
Journals that have published her creative work include Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women (siblingrivalrypress.com/adrienne), The Voices Project (thevoicesproject.org), Cactus Heart (cactusheartpress.com), Skin to Skin (s2skin.com), phati'tude Literary Magazine (phatitude.org) and Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.net).
Anthologies and collections that feature her work include Jalada 02: Afrofuture(s) (jalada.org, 2015), Queenies, Fades, Blunts: A Zine (The Lonely Londoners, 2014, issuu.com/riannajadeparker/docs/queenies_zine_2014); Coming Together: Girl on Girl (EroticAnthology.com, 2013); 60 Seconds to Shine: 221 One-minute Monologues For Women (Monologue Audition Series, Volume 2) edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler Aston (Smith & Kraus Inc., 2006); and Longing, Lust, and Love: Black Lesbian Stories edited by Shonia L. Brown (Nghosi Books, 2006).
She has also performed most recently for Queer Voices: An LGBT Reading Series at Intermedia Arts, the Annual Women’s Author Event presented by Quatrefoil Library and the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota, Power to the People Stage at 2014 Twin Cities Pride, and "The Love Project" presented by Obsidian Arts at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.
For more information about Stephani's work, go to goodreads.com/athenapm .